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Chicken and Chickpea Curry

Delicious Chicken and Chickpea Curry recipe made with tender chicken breast, chickpea tins. Make the curry under 30 minutes with pantry-friendly spices and cupboard friendly ingredients.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: British Indian, Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 284kcal
Author: Khin


  • 250 g Chicken breast ( about 9oz ) breast/thigh, boneless skinless, cut medium bite-size pieces
  • 1 Chickpea tin ( about 400g/14oz ) water drained
  • 3-4 Shallot Asian shallot or small shallot onions
  • 3 cloves Garlic Grated
  • 1 tbsp Ginger paste Or finely grated
  • 2 Tomatoes Large vine ripen tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Tomato puree Or tomato concentrate
  • 200 ml Coconut milk Full fat or creamy coconut milk ( see details in note )
  • 250 ml Water about 1 cup, add more if needed
  • 3-4 Green Chilli cut half lengthways
  • handful Coriander roughly chopped
  • tsp Salt Adjust salt according to your taste
  • 1 tsp Chicken powder or half chicken stock cubes ( about 5 g )
  • 2-3 tbsp Oil Vegetable, sunflower, or neutral flavour oil, or ghee


  • 1 tbsp Curry powder Mild/hot Indian curry powder, or Madaras curry powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Paprika powder or chilli powder
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds Zeera/Jeera seeds
  • 2-3 Bay leaves
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala


  • First, heat the oil into medium heat and saute the bay leaves and cumin seeds for few seconds.
  • Next, add the chopped shallots and cook until translucent, then add the grated garlic and ginger paste. Stir well until the onions are light brown.
  • Follow with the spices. curry powder, paprika, and turmeric. Saute for few seconds then add the chopped tomatoes and tomato puree. Cook until the tomatoes are soft and oil separates.
  • Add the chicken pieces, stir and cook for 2-3 minutes, then add the chickpeas, water, and coconut milk.
  • Season with salt and chicken powder/stock cubes. Stir well, close the lid and simmer for 8-10 minutes or cook until the chicken and chickpeas are soft and tender. You can add more water if the gravy is too thick.
  • Now stir in green chillies, chopped coriander and garam masala.
  • Turn off the heat and transfer to serving plate. Garnish with chopped coriander and green chillies. Serve with basmati rice, naan, flatbread or chapati.



  • Curry powder - use any of your favourite Indian curry powder, mild or hot.
  • Bay leaves & cumin seeds - Bring more flavour to the curry. If you don't have it in hand, you can skip it. 
  • Coconut milk - cream or full-fat coconut milk works best with the curry. If you don't like coconut flavour, swap it with heavy/double cream. For a healthier/low-fat option add greek yoghurt 100g.
  • Shallot onions - recommend using Asian shallots or baby shallot onions which are easy to melt in the curry sauce. 
  • Chicken powder/stock cubes - add chicken stock cubes or powder for extra rich umami curry taste. It's totally optional, you can skip it if you don't have it in hand. 
  • Ingredient Variations - you don't need to add the exact same spices or ingredients that are used in this recipe. Canned butter beans, kidney beans, or black beans are a great substitutes for chickpea tin. Or you can also try it out with boiled chana dal or chickpea. 
  • Extra vegetables - Small dices of carrot, potato, aubergine, butternut squash, courgette can be also added.
  • Vegetarian option - add paneer, tofu, potatoes or sweet potatoes instead of chicken and swap the chicken stock with vegetable stock cubes. 
  • How to prep ahead? You can cook this dish one day ahead, once it cools down keep it in an air-tight container in the fridge. Re-heat over the stovetop or in the microwave until piping hot just before serving. Add a bit of water if the gravy is too thick. 
  • How to freeze it? Once it cools down completely, freeze it in an air-tight container in the freezer. Curries usually last in the freezer, up to 3 months. 
  • How to prepare for the crowd? You can double or triple the ingredients, there is an auto-multiplier in the recipe card. 
Nutritional facts are calculated approximately and can be varied by the number of factors. 


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 1195mg | Potassium: 622mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 810IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg
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